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Bad_Boy
12-16-06, 11:50 AM
The Japanese version of MotorStorm has been out for a couple days. Importers are starting to get their copies. This version of the game is kinda gimped with the lack of online and a small amount of tracks so I'm waiting until it comes out in NA (late feb or early march) to get the "fuller" version.

Anyways, stolen from a couple forums/sites are some pretty nice images and video.

VIDEO:
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=27489
http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=27445
http://gamevideos.com/video/id/8035

SCREENS:
http://static.flickr.com/142/321264897_99f07554a0_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/133/321294476_05feaaaea7_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/129/321295835_39d6c3e845_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/139/321297249_b7accd655c_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/132/321214211_f8cea17f13_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/125/321215546_a9009ede0d_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/141/321215049_9a8079befb_b.jpg

Bad_Boy
12-16-06, 11:51 AM
More:
http://static.flickr.com/124/321248939_07ae633d59_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/134/321248418_a9542ed095_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/125/321216012_9e5adaf919_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/125/321213820_922a8d5b7d_b.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/131/321214637_372e820bbc_b.jpg

Bad_Boy
12-16-06, 11:51 AM
And more:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS1.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS2.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS3.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS4.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS5.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS6.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS7.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d73/adam2407/MS8.jpg

S.I.N
12-16-06, 12:07 PM
It looks great although kind of plastic looking. Is it in game?

toxikneedle
12-16-06, 12:10 PM
some look really good, some look meh.

Bad_Boy
12-16-06, 12:14 PM
It looks great although kind of plastic looking. Is it in game?
Yeah. Theres a way you can rotate around your vehicle in kind of a "photo mode" in real time when in the pause menu by moving the analog sticks. Don't let the lack of a hud throw you off, AFAIK theres no GT/PGR style photo mode in the game.

Knot3D
12-16-06, 12:46 PM
The wet mud looks awesome. Maybe this'll be the 'FarCry' of offroad racing ?

Mr_LoL
12-16-06, 01:22 PM
Looks pretty good. Are there any gameplay impressions floating around?

Bad_Boy
12-16-06, 01:25 PM
Looks pretty good. Are there any gameplay impressions floating around?
Some quotes from IGN playing the japanese version...

Glad you guys liked the writeup. I took the PS3 and final JP Motorstorm build home with me after Alex finished his preview so I'll be unlocking more courses and stuff etc tonight and this weekend.

Did we mention the music freaking rules? All live versions, in surround sound it gives you that outdoor, Mad Max festival vibe. Small touches make this game seriously great.
No it's just kinda... dark. Not pitch black just sort of moonlit. No extra lighting on the vehicles from what I can see. Maybe I need to play around with it more.

Anyway if there are other specific questions post them and I find anything else crazy over the weekend we'll do a follow up on Monday.

BTW the intro is crazy... flyby over mountain canyons... first time I've literally had a hard time telling if something is real video footage or in game.
Some of it looks as good as the E3 trailer, but some doesn't. Like that trailer was pretty scripted (esp. the ending) and it doesn't play like that. But seriously, as a pretty big skeptic the earlier Motorstorm builds I gotta say the game has shaped up in really amazing fashion. I mean, this is from someone who wasn't really even sold on the demo they showed at TGS.

Yes, the courses are huge open, multi-course worlds, not unlike SSX - vehicles jumping over each other mud flyinh and insane jumps and crazy emergent physics doing unpredictable things, they've used the phrase 'no two races are ever alike' before but here it REALLY applies. Just hugely dramatic races everytime, great fun to watch too. First person view is about the best looking you I've ever seen, though not always easy to control (specially using bikes). Great sense of humour in the game too.

OK, so I probably played through 30 more events (10+ hours) of this over the weekend and the game is freaking awesome. I'm probably a third of the way through the Festival tour and the more advanced AI is starting to kick in making racing truly BRUTAL.

One I just played was 14 motorbikes and one massive armoured truck who's just smashing through the bikes left right and centre. It's pretty terrifying being in 1st place and seeing this huge thing coming at you from behind - imagine Spielberg's Duel but as a race. Brilliant.

Oh and props to Evo for naming two of their events 'Massive Damage' and 'Giant Enemy Crab' respectively. :lol: Good that SCEE has its sense of humour.

I think we need to do updated impressions on this as there's way more to the game. The night courses under crazy HD starlit skies are beautiful too.

I would import it but I'd rather wait 2-3 months to get more tracks (even though I've been playing the 1 demo track over and over that never gets old to me), a more polished game, and most importantly online. ;)

Marvel_us
12-16-06, 02:03 PM
Lol, they named an event Giant Enemy Crab.

I'm with Bad_Boy, I'm gonna wait for the US release on this one.

Destroy
12-16-06, 07:14 PM
Wow, this game might make me buy a PS3 earlier than I'd like.

Colin Dirt game is looking good to, gonna wait for that and see how it is on PC.

Mr. Hunt
12-16-06, 07:43 PM
I was so close to importing... but then I read the Japanese version doesn't have splitscreen either? :(

msxyz
12-17-06, 06:17 AM
Japanese don't seem to like this game. Only 7K copies sold on launch day.

An interesting tredn. Microsoft console struggles because there are very few games which appeal the japanese audience combined with the bad track record of the first Xbox. Meanwhile PS3 launched in japan with only one game potentially appealing to the masses and has the worst attach rate of any console up to date (<1 in japan!)

It's easy to understand why the Japanese developers lean more and more towards Nintendo...

Gaco
12-17-06, 06:56 AM
That looks great. I can't help but to feel happy for the otherwise abused PS3 owners :)

Knot3D
12-17-06, 07:52 AM
Japanese don't seem to like this game. Only 7K copies sold on launch day.

An interesting tredn. Microsoft console struggles because there are very few games which appeal the japanese audience combined with the bad track record of the first Xbox. Meanwhile PS3 launched in japan with only one game potentially appealing to the masses and has the worst attach rate of any console up to date (<1 in japan!)

It's easy to understand why the Japanese developers lean more and more towards Nintendo...

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/751/751194p1.html
This article reports the exact opposite :) to what you're saying.

msxyz
12-17-06, 08:37 AM
That article says it's the "best selling PS3" title in Japan, but does not say how much it sold. Considering that last week not a single PS3 game reached the top 30s, Motorstorm might have sold 7K in a day (and more for the rest of the week) and still be the best selling PS3 game.

Next week Media Create numbers (they're usually published on thursday) will dissipate any doubt.

Knot3D
12-17-06, 09:16 AM
Still, it clearly indicates that "The Japanese don't like it" is false and even Famitsu gave the game a reasonable 30/40 score.

Really, i do think the Japanese welcome the occassional Western styled arcade game. Basically, the same principle as to when they're willing to purchase an Xbox360 just for Blue Dragon.

|MaguS|
12-17-06, 11:37 AM
It's easy to understand why the Japanese developers lean more and more towards Nintendo...

Because of the Nintendo DS, Their consoles get horrible support from all Developers. The PS3's attachment rate in Japan is because of what you stated many times, Japanese don't have a large interest in Western Type games. I mean Gundam was one of the top selling games in Japan and its a HORRIBLE title...

Quickstar
12-17-06, 11:59 PM
I wish it played a lot faster. The vehicles move so slow

Bad_Boy
12-18-06, 02:26 AM
I wish it played a lot faster. The vehicles move so slow
They move faster as you progresss through the game (like most racing games).

If this is too slow, I dunno what to tell you lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN8rjevi7JA&NR

but seriously, its not formula 1 or wipeout so it doesnt really need to be faster than it already is. these are 4x4 (for the most part) off road races, not mclarens on a smooth track.

msxyz
12-22-06, 12:50 PM
As I expected Motorstorm is ranked at the 35th place in the weekly sales. Yet, it's the best selling PS3 title in Japan for the past week.

I have to admire the nerve of whoever wrote the press release:

It's a real coup for Evolution," says Martin Kenwright, CEO, Evolution Studios. "Developing MotorStorm has certainly not been easy -- but the team here really delivered. Evolution has a reputation for delivering high quality racing titles, but we really needed to up the ante with Sony's new hardware. We're delighted that the public has agreed with the press, and made MotorStorm the current Japanese number one PlayStation 3 title. We can't wait to see how it performs throughout the rest of the world.

:lol:

Mr. Hunt
12-22-06, 10:13 PM
As I expected Motorstorm is ranked at the 35th place in the weekly sales. Yet, it's the best selling PS3 title in Japan for the past week.

I have to admire the nerve of whoever wrote the press release:



:lol:

I am not seeing a problem with the press release? Can you explain what the problem is?

msxyz
12-23-06, 02:03 AM
Well, you don't write a press release like that for celebrating... what, 10000 copies sold ? That's pathetic.

Note that they're not telling lies; just blowing the whole thing out of proportion in a typical PR fashion. Add to this that PS3 software sales are doing horribly in Japan so there's really nothing to be proud of.